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US, Japan widen defense ties in historic sea change

New York - The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway.

Protester lands drone on Japanese prime minister's office

Tokyo - A Japanese man was arrested after landing a drone on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself into the Fukai Police late Friday night, and has admitted to committing the act.

In historic sea-change, US, Japan revise defense ties

New York - The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation Monday in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway.

Japan military to take more assertive role

New York - The United States and Japan agreed new rules for defense cooperation on Monday that will give Tokyo's armed forces a more ambitious, global role amid concerns over China's rising influence.

Asian countries search for citizens stranded by Nepal quake

Sydney - Asian countries were scrambling on Sunday to locate thousands of their nationals stranded in Nepal after a huge earthquake devastated the Himalayan nation, severing communications and transport links.

Japan ousted by world body over bloody Taiji dolphin hunt

Taiji - Responding to pressure from conservationists, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended its Japanese member because it is involved in the controversial dolphin hunts that take place each year in Taiji.

Past and future hang heavy as Japan's PM heads to U.S.

Toukyo - Japan's leader heads to Washington eyeing the potential prize of a huge trade deal that would anchor his "Abenomics" plan for future economic revival, while still dogged by his nation's wartime past.

Japan ministers go to Yasukuni hours after China talks

Toukyo - Just hours after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for his first substantial talks with China's Xi Jinping, two of his cabinet ministers Thursday visited the war shrine that Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo's violent past.

More than 100 Japanese lawmakers visit Tokyo war shrine

Toukyo - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at the Yasukuni war shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbours that were victims of Tokyo's 20th century aggression, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a 10-day diplomatic push.

Japan PM says may drop direct apology in WWII statement

Toukyo - Japan's leader Shinzo Abe risked Chinese and Korean ire on Tuesday by sending an offering to a controversial war shrine, and saying he may not repeat a formal apology for the country's World War II rampage.

Samsung hiding company name on Galaxy S6 in Japan

Samsung is taking drastic measures to sell its new flagship smartphone in Japan, the Korea Herald reports — ditching its "Samsung" branding altogether.

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Naha - One man died and another was hospitalised Monday after a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan.

Japan's population falls for fourth straight year

On Friday the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications released the latest figures on the country's natural population decline, and for the very first time, the natural decline topped 250,000.

Bracing for deep losses, McDonald's Japan to close 131 outlets

McDonald's Corporation-Japan is forecasting deeper losses this year with the planned renovation of 2,000 of its 3,100 stores, along with closing 131 under-performing stores, putting 100 employees out of a job.

Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Murakami

Toukyo - Japan must repeatedly say sorry to China, Korea and the other countries it invaded in the 20th century until its former victims have heard the apology enough, novelist Haruki Murakami has said.

Runway approach 'not normal' in Hiroshima crash: Asiana Airline

Toukyo - Asiana Airlines said Thursday a plane accident that injured more than 20 people at a Japanese airport made an abnormal runway approach.

U.S. to exhume remains from Pearl Harbor attack

Washington - The U.S. military plans to exhume the remains of 388 Americans killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in an unprecedented bid to identify troops using DNA testing, officials said Tuesday.

Japanese journalist meets PM after South Korea lifts travel ban

Toukyo - A Japanese journalist on trial in Seoul for allegedly defaming South Korean President Park Geun-Hye met the Japanese premier Wednesday, a day after his travel ban was eased.

Asiana plane smashes antenna in Japan runway undershoot

Toukyo - An Asiana Airlines plane smashed into a communications antenna as it came in to land at a Japanese airport, footage showed on Wednesday, injuring 27 people in an accident with echoes of the Korean airline's fatal 2013 crash in San Francisco.

Saying 'No' to nuclear - Japan court bars restart of nuke plant

Pro-nuclear proponents suffered a serious setback today after Fukui District Court's three-judge panel handed down a ruling forbidding the restart of two of the 13 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture.

South Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

Seoul - South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes.

Japan's cuddly mascots face extermination

One word can't describe the cuddly mascots that permeate every sector of the economy of Japan. Prefectures, companies, products and sports teams, to name just a few, all have a mascot. The mascot industry is worth billions a year, and that's the problem.

Tokyo, Okinawa remain apart in U.S. base row

Toukyo - Shinzo Abe's right-hand man and the governor of Okinawa remained apart in a lingering row over the construction of a US air base at a meeting Sunday ahead of the Japanese premier's visit to Washington later this month.

Tokyo's real-life 'Harajuku Girls' Special

Tokyo - In a city renowned for its cutting-edge fashion scene, one neighborhood is known the world over for the imaginatively-dressed teenage girls who congregate there each weekend to flaunt their latest meticulously prepared looks—Harajuku.

Bodies of Japan WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

Sydney - The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been found in a reopened cave in the Pacific nation of Palau, a report said Wednesday.

Once seen but not heard, Tokyo children can be noisy again

Toukyo - The sound of children playing can no longer be considered noise pollution in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities try to remove legal barriers to building childcare centres and help parents get back to work.

Tokyo district OKs Japan's first same-sex partner certificates

Toukyo - A Tokyo council voted on Tuesday to issue "partnership" certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan.

UN criticises N.Korea for 'systematic' abductions of foreigners

Ginebra - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday strongly criticised North Korea for the "systematic abduction" of foreigners, after a UN investigation found the country had snatched up to 200,000 foreign nationals.

Japan's 'Great Wall' goes on as planned despite opposition

Four years after a massive tsunami hit much of Japan's Northeast coast, efforts to fend off future forces of nature are underway as Japan continues its construction of a 250-mile long concrete barrier, in places, five stories high.

China, Japan, South Korea vow to hold leadership summit

Seoul - The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan pledged to set up a trilateral leadership summit at "the earliest" opportunity as they met in Seoul on Saturday for the first time in nearly three years.
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